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Ontario, Canada Court Applies the Rule in Waksdale and Provides Insight on Calculating Reasonable Notice Damages

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A recent wrongful dismissal opinion from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice weighed the impact of the pandemic and alleged failure to mitigate when deciding how much reasonable notice damages were owed the plaintiff. In...more

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HVAC Contractor to Pay $361,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Company Owner Repeatedly Claimed Women Do Not Belong in the Building Trades and Sexually Harassed Female Employees for Years, Federal Agency Charged - SEATTLE — Spokane Valley-based HVAC contractor Air Control Heating &...more

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Excusing False Positive Drug Test Caused by CBD Use May Be a Reasonable Accommodation, Says U.S. District Court in Louisiana

A federal district court in Louisiana, in Huber v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida, Inc., recently denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Louisiana Employment...more

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Massachusetts Employee Fired For Submitting PIP Rebuttal Protected By Public Policy

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In a recent decision, Terence Meehan v. Medical Information Technology, Inc., the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that an employer cannot terminate an employee for exercising the right to file a rebuttal to a...more

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It’s My Party and I Can Cry If I Want To: Lessons for Employers to Take Away from the $450,000 Verdict in Favor of the Employee...

In April 2022, a Kentucky jury awarded $450,000 to a fired employee who claimed that an unwanted office birthday party triggered panic attacks. The employee refused to attend the party on his behalf and was later terminated....more

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Ruling In Favor of Employer in USERRA Case

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In a decision issued on May 10, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the employer in a case involving alleged wrongful termination in violation of the Uniformed...more

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Supreme Court Limits Federal Court Jurisdiction to Vacate or Confirm Arbitration Awards

In an 8-1 decision, the United States Supreme Court recently held in Badgerow v. Walters that federal courts may not examine the substance of arbitration disputes to establish federal question jurisdiction under Sections 9...more

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Ontario Superior Court on the Enforceability of Termination Provisions in Employment Agreements

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A Question of Mixed Fact and Law - In a decision for which leave to appeal was denied by the Divisional Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently confirmed that a Rule 21 motion, seeking a determination of a...more

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Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Dismissal of Claims as Preempted by NLRA and Class Action Settlement

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, on March 18, 2022, applying de novo review, affirmed the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff Cesar Moreno’s wrongful termination claims against his former employer,...more

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No Coverage for Wrongful Termination Claim After Employer Ceased to be an Insured Under D&O Policy

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The United States District Court for Montana, applying Canadian (Ontario) law, has ruled that an entity had no coverage under a D&O policy for a claim alleging wrongful termination one month after the entity ceased to be a...more

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Puerto Rico Supreme Court Favors Employers on Business Reorganization and Unjustified Dismissal

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In a recent case issued by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico (“the Court”), the Court addressed the standard and level of proof that must be presented by employers when raising as an affirmative defense a corporate...more

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To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate? “Where?” is the Question

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Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court provided very helpful instruction on how to enforce arbitration agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act. Short answer: most of the time, arbitrations will get enforced in state court,...more

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Alberta, Canada Court Deducts CERB Payments from Substantial Reasonable Notice Award to Long-term Employee

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In Oostlander v Cervus Equipment Corporation, 2022 ABQB 200, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta awarded 24 months’ pay in lieu of reasonable notice to a long-term heavy duty mechanic, less mitigation income. The court also...more

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Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of ADEA Claim Lacking Evidence of Age-Bias

On March 11, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment, dismissing a Texas city employee’s claim that he had been unlawfully terminated from his job because of his age. The Fifth...more

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US Supreme Court Issues Significant Ruling Limiting the “Look-Through” Jurisdiction of Federal Courts Under the Federal...

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On March 31, 2022, the US Supreme Court issued a significant decision in Badgerow v. Walters, No. 20-1143, ending a circuit split about when federal courts have subject matter jurisdiction to review domestic arbitration...more

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Fourth Circuit’s Reinstatement of $1.2 Million Award Highlights Risk of Arbitration Agreements

On February 24, 2022, the Fourth Circuit restored a $1,186,975.00 arbitration award for a North Carolina securities wholesaler (“Warfield”) who alleged that his former employer ICON Advisers Inc. (“ICON”) unlawfully fired him...more

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British Columbia, Canada Court Awards Employee Aggravated Damages After Employer Makes Unfounded Allegations after Commencement of...

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In a successful wrongful dismissal claim for $18,647, the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Austin v Kitsumkalum First Nation, 2020 BCSC 2298, awarded the employee an additional $15,000 for aggravated damages because the...more

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British Columbia, Canada Court Decides CERB Payment Should be Deducted from Damage Award for Wrongful Dismissal

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In Reotech Construction Ltd. v Snider, 2022 BCSC 317 (Reotech), the Supreme Court of British Columbia found that the trial court erred when it did not deduct the employee’s $9,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)...more

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Surreptitious Recording of Conversations with Colleagues May Justify Termination of Employment for Cause in British Columbia,...

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In Shalagin v. Mercer Celgar Limited Partnership, 2022 BCSC 112 (Mercer), the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed an employee’s wrongful dismissal claim and held that his surreptitious recording of conversations with...more

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The High Cost of Reinstatement for Québec Employers

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On January 20, 2022, the Administrative Labour Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) awarded an employee dismissed without cause, termination pay in the amount of $716,970.71 as well as an indemnity for lost wages, loss of pension...more

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Are You My Employer?

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It is becoming increasingly common that when an employee files suit against their current or former employer, they file not only against the company they worked for day-to-day but also against any related company. Akin to the...more

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A Fast Food Employer’s Guide to NYC’s Recently Upheld Wrongful Discharge Law

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The New York City Fair Workweek Law was initially enacted in 2017 to expand wage and hour protections for employees working at fast food businesses. On December 17, 2020, the City Council amended the Fair Workweek Law by...more

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Franchisor 101: No Tax on Renewals

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A federal court in Virginia denied tax franchisor, Liberty Tax’s, motion to dismiss complaints by two of its area developers (“ADs”). The ADs claimed Liberty Tax breached their contract for wrongfully terminating, failing to...more

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To Be Blunt: The NJLAD Does Not Bar Arbitration of Medical Marijuana User’s Employment Claims

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On February 15, 2022, the New Jersey Appellate Division upheld a trial court Order compelling arbitration of discrimination and wrongful termination claims brought by a former employee who was terminated for testing positive...more

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Major Rollbacks to Puerto Rico 2017 Employment Law Reform Loom on the Horizon

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Months after its introduction, a proposal to reverse portions of the 2017 employment reform law sits on Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi’s desk. By March 5, 2022, Governor Pierluisi must decide whether to veto House Bill...more

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